Barbara plays on her mother's set. It's a good feeling to handle the same tiles your mom did so many years ago.
I didn't grow up in a family that played MJ, so when I began to play I bought a new set. It's a lovely set, but it has no history!
I played with it for a few years but I longed for a set that was old and beautiful. I started looking at auctions, flea markets and on eBay and finally found this on eBay.
But what sold me on the set were the jokers. First of all there were 8. Many older sets have only 6 jokers or less. (It wasn't until 1971 that the NMJL began using 8 jokers and 8 flowers)
I don't know why this has 8...unless someone got them from another identical set. But they are beautiful!
The flowers and dragons are also lovely and the tiles are all full of color and very smooth to the touch.
There are five racks with betting chips. Also a sign of an older set. New sets only have 4 racks.
And, of course the instruction booklet, dice and a bakelite bettor!
This is my set of choice when I play!
But.....here's something else about avid Mah Jongg players...sometimes we collect sets.
The tiles that we photographed for our header at the top of the page are part of a set that my daughter's boyfriend bought at an auction for me. It has no jokers but the tiles are beautiful. There are 16 flower/worker tiles...so enough to make 8 jokers and have a set that can be used for play. I have some joker stickers on order and am finally ready to restore it.
What good is an antique set if you don't use it!